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help from hollywood. a 17-minute documentary designed to sell the president reviews his first term. >> as president, the tough decisions that he would make would not only determine the course of a nation, but reveal the character of the man. tornado terror. powerful storms rip through southeastern michigan damaging more than 100 homes. and shooting suspect. a lawyer for the soldier accused of killing afghan civilians says his client did not want to be redeployed to afghanistan. >> he and the family were told that his tours in the middle east were over and then literally overnight that east were over and then literally overnight that changed. captioning funded by cbs >> this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, march 16, 2012.
good morning everybody. happy friday. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. president obama's reelection campaign has shifted into the next year. the president will attend a series of five fundraisers today in two states. last night the obama campaign released a slick hollywood produced documentary on the president's first term. susan mcginnis has details. good morning susan. >> good morning, betty. it is starting. the gop candidate have been hogging the spotlight for months now and the president has been out there at some events speaking sort of campaign-like. but you can really tell that he and the vice president are out there now and they're laying it on thick. >> when he faced his country -- >> president obama's campaign team is enlisting the help of hollywood. >> we would see rewards from tough decisions he had made. >> oscar winning actor tom hanks narrates this 17-minute campaign documentary that highlights president obama's first term. the video is just the latest sign the president's reelection
campaign is in full swing. today he flies to chicago and atlanta for fundraisers and he's starting to attack the republicans. running for the white house. >> we're starting to see a lot of politicians talking a lot but not doing much. >> vice president joe biden is traveling to battleground states and going after the gop candidates even harder. >> if you give any one of these guys the keys to the white house, they will bankrupt the middle class again. >> as the president's reelection campaign kicks into high gear, gop hopefuls continue their quest for delegates. getting ready for contests this weekend in missouri and puerto rico. rick santorum was in puerto rico on thursday and may have hurt his chances with spanish speaking voters. he told a newspaper that english would have to be the main language in the u.s. territory were to become a state.
michigan where at least three reported tornadoes significantly damaged more than 100 homes. the slow-moving storm struck early thursday evening. along with hail and heavy rain, it destroyed at least 13 homes, downed trees and power lines. the small rural town of dexter west of detroit was hit hardest. >> shut the door and prayed and held hands and stuff. we kept calling our husbands and telling them not to come home. >> search crews are going door
to door. so far, there are no reports of serious injury. the united states and afghanistan is growing more complicated. on thursday, the taliban broke off reconciliation talks and afghanistan's president called for nato to immediately pull out of rural areas and to begin transferring security responsibility to afghan forces. now, another issue of contention between the u.s. and afghanistan is what to do with the american soldier accused of killing 16 civilians last weekend. on thursday, the army staff sergeant hired a lawyer. the attorney says one day before the shooting spree, the accused soldier watched as a comrades leg was blown off. edward lawrence has our report. >> at this small base that he was at, somebody was gravely injured the day before the alleged incident. gravely injured, which affected all of the soldiers there. >> attorney jon henry brown says he spoke with his client only
once and briefly. >> he was told that he was not going to be redeployed. they were -- >> by who? >> the family was counting on him not being redeployed. he and the family were told that his tours in the middle east were over and literally overnight that changed. >> brown's client is the still unnamed u.s. army staff sergeant accused in the massacre of 16 afghan civilians, mostly women and children. the shooting sparked outraged in afghanistan and across the muslim world and strained the already tense relations between the u.s. and afghan governments. the suspect is in military custody and his family moved to a u.s. military base for their own safety that's why his name is not revealed. i certainly would not reveal his name. even though i know what it is. there's serious concern about the safety. >> brown says his client served in iraq and was injured following an attack involved an improvised explosive device. >> it was a car accident as a result of an ied. brown says the army's response will be a focus of his
attention. >> i think it's of interest that we have a soldier who has exemplary record, decorated soldier who was injured in iraq to his brain and to his body and then despite that was september back. >> brown has had other high-profile clients, the barefoot bandit and the serial killer, ted bundy. both men were convicted. edward lawrence, cbs news, los angeles. >> north korea announced plans to launch a satellite into orbit atop a long-range missile next month. a similar attempt in 2009 failed. the north says this attempt will mark the anniversary of the late president kim il-sung's birthday. the u.s. says this is nothing more than a test of north korea's missile technology. >> beginning tomorrow morning, iranian banks will effectively be cut off from doing business outside the country. the company that is central clearing ground for most international money transfers is
blocking 30 iranian banks from using its service. this is part of the european union sanctions to try and prevent iran from developing nuclear weapons. the action will deal a crippling blow to iranian oil dealings. on "moneywatch," big crowds for the launch of the new ipad and the upside for airline passengers this warmer winter. ashley morrison is in new york with more. good morning ashley. >> good morning to you, betty. >> mixed day for stocks. nikkei finished higher for a fourth straight day and hong kong's hang seng lost a fraction. wall street continues to surge. another positive employment report sent the s&p 500 above 1400 for the first time since 2008. the dow made it 7 straight positive days by adding 58 points. the nasdaq gained 15. apple's shares hit a record high thursday reaching $600 for the first time ever. that happened as thousands of people around the world started lining up to buy the new ipad
which goes on sale today. the first shoppers to get their hand on the tablet were in australia. here in the united states, walmart started selling it at midnight, a few hours before some apple stores. taxpayers are footing less of the bill for higher education these days. a report out today shows public colleges and universities now get 43% of the revenues from student tuition. that number was 30% as recently as ten years ago. the report found that public funding per student has fallen to the lowest level in 25 years. and frequent flyers have reason to celebrate the warmer winter. 84% of flights were on time. that is a record for january. the lack of snow made for fewer cancellations and no plane waited on the tarmac for more than three hours. betty, as someone who had that happen to them with a toddler, i can tell you that is good news. that will push you to a breaking point. >> especially when you're stuck and nowhere to go.
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over planned parenthood has taken on a sharper edge. the federal government blocked millions in medicaid funds for poor women in texas. in response to the state's cut in funding for planned parenthood. anna werner has more. holly andrews says the plant parenthood clinic in her town of corsicana is her only option. for free check kbrups. the 44-year-old mother of two says breast cancer runs in her family. >> if i didn't have the women's healthcare program, i would not have my yearly mammogram, no. >> just would not at all? >> no. >> you don't have insurance. >> i don't have insurance. >> she's worried about a recent texas decision to exclude planned parenthood from that federal program, which provides free preventative services like breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income women. >> are you mad? >> yeah! >> around the state, other women are protesting the decision.
planned parenthood serves 50,000 women in the program. the federal government says denying money to the organization, a qualified provider under medicaid rules, is illegal. so it's pulled $35 million in federal funding. governor rick perry defends the state's decision. >> we don't want planned parenthood and their affiliates who are in the abortion business engaged in this process. this is pretty straight up. >> but under federal law the money is not allowed to go to abortion at all. >> well, we would rather be very sure of it. >> governor perry says the state will find the money to replace the lost federal dollars. but jose coe macho, who heads the texas association of community health clinics wonders where that money will come from. >> if planned parenthood is cut out of the picture, can your centers pick up the slack? >> we can pick up some of it, but there's no possible way that
we can expand that quickly to take that many additional patients. >> you believe other providers will be able to pick up the slack? >> absolutely. >> what if they can't? >> but they can. i mean -- >> what if they can't? >> i'm not in the game of what ifs. >> for patients like holly andrews, what if also means what now. she doesn't know of any other clinic in her town where she can get medical services for free. anna werner, cbs news, corsicana, texas. straight ahead, your friday morning weather and in sports, 16th seed north carolina, asheville, gives it the old college try against top seed syracuse. d syracuse. [ growling ] one step at a time. come on, snowy. look! did you ever see a more beautiful sight? captain! it's just a mirage. - snowy? what is it, boy? - [ barks ] what do you see? [ yipping ]
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carolina asheville led the top seed orange at the half. it was back and forth after that. the bulldogs got within three points three times in the time minute. syracuse won 272-65 to avoid being the first top seed to lose to a number 6 team. the battle of the bluegrass state followed the expected script more closely. kentucky's terrence jones had 22 point and ten rebounds to lead the wildcats over western kentucky. 81-66. iowa state made it look easy against defending national champion connecticut. chris allen had 20 points for the cyclones who won 77-64. iowa state gets to try to knock down another top seed on saturday when it faces kentucky. but the cyclones have a rival for the giant killer crown. virginia commonwealth last year's final four cinderella. vcu's bradford burgess hit a key three-pointer with 1:33 left and the 12th seeded rams beat number
here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. washington, d.c., thunderstorms, 78. atlanta, thunder showers, 80. st. louis, thunderstorms, 80 degrees as well. denver is going to be sunny, 72. seattle, showers and 50 degrees. in health news, the federal government is launching a graphic new anti-smoking ad campaign. smoking kills 443,000 americans a year. so the new campaign pulls no punches as dr. jon lapook reports. >> this is terry. she's 51 years old and a victim of head and neck cancer. >> she's part of the new public
service announcement featuring disturbing images of former smokers. rosebud smith smoked for 28 years. >> even when i was having heart attacks, i still smoked a cigarette like during the heart attack. yes. >> cdc director thinks the ads are graphic and shocking. he says that's exactly the point. >> advertising works, hard hitting ads work and showing the reality of people's lives and what smoking does to your ability to live out your life as you want to live it, that's maybe the most motivating thing to get a smoker to quit. >> recent history backs him up. in 2006, new york city began a similar media campaign. in addition, for the past decade, there have been higher taxes on and restrictions on public smoking. in ten years, smoking rates dropped 35%. dr. tom farley is the new york city health commissioner. >> we have smoking rates in teenagers below 8%.
that's the lowest as far as we know in the country. >> statistics show that nine out o of ten smokers began by age 18. the government says this ad campaign is especially focused on preventing young people from starting to smoke. >> the head of the cdc says the $54 million cost of the program will be more than made up in a few years by the healthcare savings from preventing illnesses. currently, cigarette smoking costs nearly $100 billion in healthcare costs every year. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, new york. former illinois governor, rod blagojevich is waking up in a federal prison in colorado this morning. he arrived thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence on corruption charges for trying to sell president obama's old senate seat. before reporting to prison, he drove around littleton in a black suv for hours and even stopped at a restaurant to order a soda and took pictures with people. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," the latest extreme sport. wall trampling. wall trampling? all right.
queen elizabeth was on hand for the official reopening of kensington palace which was once the home of the late princess diana. the palace had recently undergone an $18 million renovation to coincide with celebrations for the queen's diamond jubilee. it includes an exhibit on the rein of queen victoria. back here at home, about half of recent college graduates are without work and face the worst employment prospect since the great depression. as jim axelrod report, some are taking matters into their own hands and creating their own jobs. >> two years ago, when alejandro and nick aurora were about to graduate from the university and look for work, urban mushroom
farmer was not a job they heard of. today they're the mushroom kings of california. >> it get me up every single morning, keeps me here, excited entertained, and pumped to make this a reality. it started as an experiment in a frat house kitchen. a business was born. >> we thought it was really cool that you could potentially take waste, turn it upside down and grow food on it knowing nothing about mushrooms or agriculture or farming whatsoever. >> today, their company, back to the roots, employs 28 people who collect 40,000 pounds of used coffee grounds a week, dry it on an industrial scale and manufacture grow kits that are stocked in more than a thousand stores, including home depot and whole foods. >> our main raw material is not only free but we're making a profit on it. this year, we're projected to do $5 million in sales. >> they've built an amazing business out of coffee grounds.
>> we learned about back to the roots from billy parish. he featured them in a new book he co-wrote called "making good." parish says it's about more than the mushroom. >> any waste stream in our society can be turned into a revenue stream. another way to look at it is, it's turning the lemons in our society into lemonade. >> parish dropped out of yale to become a climate change analyst activist and runs a solar energy investment company. >> you want to do well and you want do good. >> that's exactly it. we think people can have more. >> they say they do. originally planning on conventional careers in finance, today they couldn't imagine being anything but mushroom farmers. >> it really is a result of the last five, ten years, what we've seen going up and seeing the chaos which resulted from traditional business and believing that there's got to be a better way to do it. it's inspiring our whole generation to take a different course. >> it's a course driven by necessity for a generation looking to find work and meaning in an age of austerity.
jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. on "cbs this morning," new details on the american soldier suspected in that deadly shooting rampage in afghanistan. we'll get a report from the pentagon. an update on the race for the republican nomination. we'll hear from newt gingrich. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching everyone. i'm betty nguyen. thanks for watching everyone. i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com